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NIU Engineering @ RVC Wins National Award for Talent and Place Development

The nation’s leading organization for university-led economic development has chosen a partnership between Northern Illinois University (NIU) and Rock Valley College (RVC) as this year’s best example of improving a community through local talent development.  The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) has honored NIU Engineering @ RVC with an Award of Excellence for Talent and

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RAEDC 2017 Annual Meeting w/ Guest Speaker Dr. Kevin Fleming

Date: November 15, 2017 Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center 610 N. Bell School Rd. Rockford, IL 61107 Register at: https://goo.gl/ty4adU The RAEDC Board of Directors and Staff are proud to welcome Dr. Kevin Fleming, producer of the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy,” and author of the

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Improving & Strengthening Neighborhoods

The Great Neighborhoods Rockford Region project is underway. Using best practices identified by the Family & Neighborhoods spoke team, the project team partnered with three neighborhood associations to pilot the Great Neighborhoods project.  The project helps neighborhoods discovery and define their assets through in-person and online mapping tools, gaps in achieving the vision for their

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T-Map Project; Community Safety Engagement: Rockford Police Teach Lessons On The Hardwood

ROCKFORD – “I call it community relations, community building,” said Marcus Hill, Resident Service Manager with the Rockford Housing Authority. Hill and Rockford Police Assistant Deputy Chief Mike Dalke gave kids from the Orton Keys housing project skills that win on the court and in life.”Teamwork, trust, you know trusting in each other, and learning

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T-Map Project; Innovation Ecosystem: Rockford Day seeking participation of local businesses

ROCKFORD — Rockford Day invites local businesses to join in the celebration by offering 815 Rockford-themed discounts and events Aug. 15 in Rockford. Rockford Day, playing off the city’s primary area code of 815, is a community showcase of the places, activities and people that make Rockford unique through interactive experiences. Area businesses, agencies and

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Transformational Project; Downtown Development : City approves development agreement for Rockford Conference Center

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — It may not be long before we see construction begin on the Rockford regional convention center. This comes as Rockford’s city council gives the green light on a development agreement for the project. With a 9-4 vote, the city council approved the development agreement with a Rockford local development corporation, which allows the

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Economy & Jobs: Rockford fishing website to attend convention in Orlando

ROCKFORD — Fishwithme.net, the Rockford-based online matching website that hooks fishermen with other enthusiasts to share costs and expertise, will attend the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades convention, set to be held July 12-14 in Orlando. Fishwithme.net will be sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer and will exhibit its platform along with 585 other exhibitors

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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford Big Dogs baseball wins Turning Batters Into Hitters tournament

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Big Dogs 15U baseball team won the 16U Turning Batters Into Hitters tournament, held July 7-9 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Big Dogs played seven games in three days and finished in first place out of 21 teams. Justin Kerestes earned the win in the championship, and Adam Kuhar picked up the

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Leadership & Youth: Loves Park resident launches Rockford-centric T-shirt business Unstated Apparel

LOVES PARK — After working at his family’s screen printing shop for 13 years, Tanner Taylor decided it was time to start his own business. On May 9, the Loves Park resident, 29, launched Unstated Apparel, a line of Rockford-, Illinois- and Wisconsin-themed T-shirts and tank tops for men and women. Taylor said he has always

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Downtown Development: For some downtown Rockford businesses, dinner in a parking space can be delightful

ROCKFORD — Local shops and restaurants are taking their business to the streets under a 3-year-old program that’s gaining popularity this summer. “I saw these seats when I was driving past,” Diana Hamblock said over lunch outside at Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, 408 E. State St. “I called (a friend) and said, ‘We have to

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